A HERITAGE railway hosted a special event last weekend.
The Traction Engine Steam Party took place at Foxfield Railway, Caverswall Road, Blythe Bridge between 11am and 3pm on Sunday, September 29.
This weekend visitors to Foxfield got up close and personal with some of the industries hardest working engines.
Throughout the day up to ten Traction Engines, Steam Rollers and Steam Lorries were on display for visitors to inspect and discover why these engines were used so heavily throughout the 1950’s and why people restore them and display them all over the country.
Among the displays were smartly turned out engines including the Dales steam traction engine.
Burrell no. 2950 or ‘Little Mac’ as it is known is a Devonshire class agricultural traction engine that was built in 1907 by Charles Burrell and Sons in Thetford Norfolk England which was supplied new to Mr W Penna of Helston, Cornwall in 1907.
The engine is of the Devonshire class that was designed for the narrow lanes in the Southwest of England and is now owned by David Dale of Congleton.
Bolstering the event the railway was in keeping with the industry theme an Ex-Littleton Colliery locomotive, Wimblebury as it is known by railway enthusiasts, hauled passengers along the tracks which were once used to transport coal from Foxfield Colliery something very akin to its heyday working in industry.
Also the miniature railway was running an intense service.
In conjunction with the event Foxfield's very own pub 'The One Legged Shunter' held its annual beer festival with beers sourced from all around the country with many unusual ones not normally seen in Staffordshire.
This weekend, Saturday, October 5, and Sunday, October 6, saw the Autumn Steam Gala event, which promised to be the best yet as the railway welcomed its first ever visitor to the event.
Mainline to Industry was the first time they have welcomed a Jinty to line in British Railways livery.
The last visit of the class happened many years ago as the children's favourite steam engine, Thomas.
Now this BR tank engine broke history at Foxfield as they stepped aside from their exclusive industrial image for the weekend and allowed the story of ex-British Railways steam engines being sold into industry which a small number of this class were.
A total of four Jinty locomotives were sold into industry, two receiving the elaborate orange colours of William Pepper and Sons in Wakefield.
See more at: http://www.foxfieldrailway.co.uk/autumngala/#sthash.2yGy09Qv.dpuf
For further information call 01782 396210 or visit www.foxfeildrailway.co.uk